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Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Bassem Mroue and Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:32am

Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions.

26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 1:32am

Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years.

More charges filed in Detroit in genital mutilation probe

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:04pm

Two more people have been charged in Detroit in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation against two girls in a Muslim sect.

The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:25pm

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local):

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

Matthew Pennington and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:16pm

Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year.

The Latest: Revelers say 4/20 event not as free-spirited

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:55pm

The Latest on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations (all times local):

Group complains judge who called rapist 'good man' is biased

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:22pm

A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group.

Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:27pm

Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

Bosnia to Pakistan to prison: Ex-fighter reflects on life

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:07am

Randall Royer grew up in the Midwest, a suburban St. Louis kid. By the time he was 21, he had converted to Islam and changed his name to Ismail Royer, fighting in Bosnia alongside fellow Muslims against Serbian ethnic cleansing.

Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:06am

Prosecutors on Thursday recommended two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital during his trial for blaspheming the Quran.

French presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigns in tight race

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:26pm

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the "poison" of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend's vote.

3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:20pm

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Germany to appeal US case involving Nazi art sale

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:45pm

German officials plan to appeal a decision by a U.S. judge that the heirs of Jewish art dealers can sue in a U.S. court over art allegedly looted by the Nazis.

Church pastor where 9 were killed blasts political ad

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:07pm

The pastor of a South Carolina church where nine black members were killed in a racist attack said Thursday that a political ad calling politicians weak and panicked for taking down the Confederate flag after the massacre was distasteful.

The Latest: Candidate won't pull ad that angered pastor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:46pm

The Latest on the pastor of a Charleston church where nine people were killed complaining about a political ad (all times local):

The Latest: Victim plans complaint vs. judge in rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:07pm

The Latest on complaints against a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing (all times local):

Russia's Supreme Court bans the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group as extremist, orders its property seized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:34am

Russia's Supreme Court bans the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group as extremist, orders its property seized.

Pope sets May 13 as canonization date for Fatima siblings

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:30am

Pope Francis confirmed Thursday he will use his upcoming visit to the Portuguese shrine at Fatima to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children who say they saw visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago.

UN council accredits religious rights group stalled by panel

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:05pm

One of the U.N.'S main bodies voted Wednesday to grant accreditation to a British-based group that promotes religious freedom, overriding a U.N. committee that had deferred action on the matter for years.

Judge spares police in polygamous towns, orders monitoring

Jacques Billeaud and Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:18pm

The federal government's bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge as too drastic and expensive.